From Julie Parsonnet:
I began to work with Gary soon after I arrived at Stanford in 1990. I consider our collaborations to have been the happiest of my career. Gary was a tremendous mentor to a young assistant professor—kind, supportive, insightful and generous with his time. He never passed an opportunity to give me a leg up. He has a gentle manner that he could spice up with a dry wit. Soon after we met, he and Ruth invited me to their house for dinner in San Rafael. It felt like an enormous honor. Subsequently, I had the pleasure of seeing Gary perform in numerous concerts. I even played my violin (pitifully) with him on one occasion.
Gary will be remembered as one of the nation’s greatest epidemiologist. He contributed in so many areas—cardiovascular disease, pharmacoepidemiology and oncology and helped build the Kaiser Division of Research to the powerhouse it is today. But his greatest legacy may be the mark he left on the many junior epidemiologists who followed him. Yes, he set a standard for integrity, creativity, but also for balancing his work with even more important priorities like family and personal artistry. He will be sorely missed.